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Young’s Jahlil Okafor was on the bench, having fouled out of the biggest game of his career. Curie’s Cliff Alexander was still on the court, but rarely getting the ball.
The spotlight in the city championship game was shifting between Young’s Miles Reynolds and Curie’s Joseph Stamps. Both guards took turns, with some help from their teammates, sending the game into four overtimes.
It seemed as if the game was going to just continue forever, then totally unknown Kamar Marshall received the ball in the corner. He drained a three with one second to play, giving Curie a 69-66 win and the school’s first city championship.
“I love Kamar,” said Alexander. “I had faith in him, I knew he would hit that shot.”
Alexander finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Joseph Stamps led Curie (24-1) with 24 points. He set the tone for the Condors with 15 points in the first quarter. His thought process was simple.
“Kill whoever guards me,” said Joseph Stamps. “We just made history.”
Not only is it Curie’s first city championship, but it’s the first city title game to go past two overtimes.
Marshall played significant minutes for Curie at the beginning of the season, but was inconsistent and spent most of the last two months on the bench. When Stamps fouled out with 2:14 left in the fourth overtime, he checked into the game.
“I was a little scared,” said Marshall. “But (Curie coach Mike Oliver) says to always be ready.
Marshall says he has hit five three-pointers this season, Stamps thought that might have been his first. Regardless, it will go down as the biggest shot in Curie history.
Okafor fouled out with 2:13 to play in the fourth quarter. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
“It was tough to watch,” said Okafor. “I was proud of my team, they kept finding a way to stay in, but it was definitely hard to watch.”
Miles Reynolds scored 13, including a turnaround jumper at the buzzer in regulation to send the game into the first overtime. He missed a driving layup at the end of the second overtime that could have won the game. Stamps missed a three at the third overtime buzzer that would have been a game-winner.
Paul White scored 19 and grabbed eight boards. Rodney Herenton added seven for the Dolphins (21-6).
Curie held the ball for the majority of the first, second and third overtimes. Alexander made two free throws with 1:47 to play in the fourth overtime. Those were the last points until Marshall’s heroics.